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Gujarat Assembly Election: Voter's mobile gets connected to EVM on switching Bluetooth on, says chief electoral officer Live

A Total Of 2.2 Crore Voters Are Eligible To Exercise Their Franchise And Shall Decide The Fate Of 851 Candidates Including Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel In Fray.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 14 Dec 2017, 07:39:07 PM

New Delhi:

After a highly charged up campaign, it has come down to the finals on Thursday when Gujarati's come out to vote for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017.

A total of 851 candidates are in the fray for 93 seats spread across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat, in the final phase of the polls, where 2.22 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise.

Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress, is seeking election from Radhanpur constituency. Lavingji Thakor of the BJP is contesting against him.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP patriarch L K Advani and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are among the saffron heavyweights who exercised their franchise.

Here are the live updates from the second phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017:

# We have recieved a complaint from a person that his mobile phone got connected with an EVM after he switched on his bluetooth. We are checking the particular at every place: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer

# The Complaint has been given to DEP Ahmedabad: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer

# We have recieved a complaint regarding MCC violation after casting of vote by PM Modi: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer

# 47.40% voter turnout till 2 pm 

# Senior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad District's Jamalpur Khadiya

# PM Modi's road show after casting vote is a clear case of violation of the model code of conduct. EC it seems is working under pressure from PM and PMO: Ashok Gehlot, Congress

# Compared to phase 1, less than 50% cases of EVM replacements in phase 2. Our target remains to replace the faulty EVMs as soon as possible: BB Swain, Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer

# 39% voting till 12 pm in second phase of Gujarat Elections 2017

# PM Modi after casting his vote.

# Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches at booth number 115 in Ahmedabad's Ranip, casts his vote.

# Congress' Shaktisinh Gohil casts his vote in Gandhinagar

# Congress state chief Bharatsinh Solanki casts his vote

# Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain casts his vote in Gandhinagar.

# The EVM in Sankheda's Sodhaliya village in Chhota Udaipur was dysfunctional for 50 minutes, so voting was halted for that duration. We fixed the machine and now the voting is underway: Gaurang Rana, Polling Officer

# FM Arun Jaitley in queue to vote at polling booth no.961 in Ahmedabad's Vejalpur.

# BJP President Amit Shah cast his vote in Naranpura.

# Parents of Hardik Patel Bharat Patel and Usha Patel cast their votes in Viramgam #GujaratElection2017

# PM Modi's mother Heeraben arrives to cast her vote in a polling booth in Gandhinagar.

# Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi appeals people of Gujarat to vote for the bright future of Gujarat.

# Former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel casts her vote in Ahmedabad's Ghatlodia. BJP's Bhupendra Patel is up against Congress's Shashikant Patel on this seat

# Voting underway in Viramgam's polling booth number 252. This is PAAS leader Hardik Patel 's home town.

# Hardik Patel's parents pray as voting for second phase of GujaratElection2017 begins

# Voting for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 begins.

# Smallest and largest constituencies by area and by electorate in phase two of Gujarat Election 2017

# Voting for second phase of Gujarat Election 2017 to begin shortly

# Voting will begin at 8 AM.

Highlights from yesterday:

# A controversy erupted after Rahul Gandhi gave interview to a local Gujarati news channel on Wednesday. BJP knocked Election Commission and filed a complaint against Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating Model Code of Conduct.

# Soon after BJP's objection, Election Commission gave model code violation notice to Rahul Gandhi and asked to reply by 5 pm on December 18. 

# Later in the day, Congress delegation reached Election Commission office in Delhi and said 'PM Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, FM Arun Jaitley & RM Piyush Goyal have violated Model Code of Conduct again & again. PM misused the FICCI platform to attack Congress, EC should stay unbiased'.

# In 2014 elections, Modi Ji even showed BJP symbol on voting day but EC didn't act.BJP held a PC just before 1st phase of Gujarat election. These double standards won't work & 1st FIR should be filed against PM Modi & other BJP leaders instead of Press: Randeep Surjewala, Congress

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First Published : 14 Dec 2017, 07:22:39 AM